Week in Loudoun

Week in Loudoun

New Call

<bt>The Loudoun County Republican Committee (LCRC) posted a revised version of the LCRC's 2007 Convention Call in the Washington Post Legal Notices section on April 28. The posting of this revised Convention Call will reopen the filing period for candidates for county offices, as well as for additional delegates to the LCRC's nominating convention. New delegate filing forms were made available as of 8 a.m., April 28 online or from nominations committee chair Suzanne Volpe, 20547 Quarterpath Trace Circle, Sterling, VA 20165.

The new filing period will end May 6, at 5 p.m. All candidate and delegate filing forms must be actually received by Volpe at her home address by that deadline. Filings for candidates and delegates previously received before the initial March 4 deadline will continue to be valid.

The convention will be held as scheduled June 9, at the Community Church in Ashburn. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the convention will commence at 10 a.m.

Nominees will be selected at the convention for chairman and members of the Board of Supervisors; Sheriff; Commissioner of the Revenue; Treasurer; Clerk of the Circuit Court; and Commonwealth's Attorney.

<sh>Seeking Input

<bt>The Loudoun County Planning Commission will hold a public input session on proposed changes in countywide housing policies at 6 p.m., Monday, May 14, in the board room on the first floor of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E., Leesburg.

The proposed amendment to the county's Comprehensive Plan (CPAM) was initiated by the Board of Supervisors April 3. The proposed CPAM includes policy revisions that clarify the county's ongoing need for affordable housing and provide direction for program initiatives to address the need.

The commission is also accepting written comments, which may be sent by e-mail to Cynthia.Keegan@loudoun.gov or to:

Loudoun County Planning Commission, c/o the Department of Planning, 1 Harrison Street, S.E, third floor, P.O. Box 7000,

Leesburg, VA 20177-7000, ATTN: Cynthia Keegan.

More information about the proposed changes to the county's housing policies is online at www.loudoun.gov/planning/housing or by calling the

Department of Planning at 703-777-0246.

<sh>Missing Teen Located

<bt>An Ashburn teen missing since last week was located Sunday, April 29, at a Sterling residence, according to the Sheriff's Office. Corrinne Elise Arnold had last seen by her younger sister at the Dulles Town Center on April 22. A Sheriff's deputy learned of her possible location Sunday evening. The teen was located at a residence on Fessenden Terrace. She was returned to the custody of her parents.

<sh>Teen Charged

<bt>A Warrenton teen wanted for fleeing from authorities last week was arrested Wednesday, April 25.

According to the Sheriff's Office, on April 15, Fillmore Dino Reyes, 18, was able to elude deputies in a car and foot chase. The chase began shortly after midnight when a deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was traveling above the posted speed limit in area of Ashburn Village Boulevard and Farmwell Road. The vehicle continued to travel northbound on Ashburn Village Boulevard and then turned onto Gloucester Parkway where it accelerated and eventually turned onto Silkworth Terrace where the driver and the passenger fled from the car, according to the Sheriff's Office.

A second teen, a 17-year-old male from Bristow, was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. A box-cutter-style knife and a large amount of cash were in his possession. Also recovered from the scene was a backpack that contained marijuana, two scales and a calculator. Later Sunday morning a handgun and multiple baggies of marijuana were found in the area of Boxford Terrace. The items were apparently discarded by one of the suspects during the foot pursuit.

Reyes was charged with felony eluding, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, driving on a revoked license, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. Charges are pending against the juvenile.

<sh>Ashburn Man Arrested

<bt>A man was arrested on larceny charges at a Best Buy in Falls Church. According to the Fairfax County Police, on April 16, at 3:15 p.m., police responded to the Best Buy located at 5799 Leesburg Pike for a report of a man picking up a television that he purchased with a fraudulently obtained gift card. Officers arrested 35-year-old Philip Bailey, of Brookford Square, Ashburn. Bailey was charged with two counts of larceny by false pretense, one count of attempted larceny by false pretense, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. The investigation is on going at this time.

<sh>Stores Fail Alcohol Sting

<bt>An alcohol sales operation conducted by the Sheriff's Office Friday night, April 20, in eastern Loudoun saw nine out of the 34 stores visited sell alcohol to an underage buyer.

Members of the Community Policing Section of the Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, visited stores throughout the evening with an underage volunteer. The stores who sold alcohol to a minor were the Countryside Sunoco on Pidgeon Hill Drive the Countryside 7-Eleven on Edds Lane, the Bloom Grocery Store in Great Falls Plaza, the Cascades 7-Eleven on Woodshire Drive, the Exxon Station on Rudder Road, the Towncenter Giant Grocery Store in the Towncenter Plaza, the Bottom Dollar Grocery Store in Briarcroft Plaza, the Sterling Park Shell on Commerce Street and Dulles Shell on Sully Road.

Eight of the nine clerks where charged by the Sheriff's Office for selling alcohol to an underage person. One clerk was a juvenile and that case remains under review. Three stores did not have an ABC manager on-site and will face further charges by the Virginia ABC. All nine stores will also be under review by the Virginia ABC.

<sh>LCSA Receives Bond Ratings

<bt>The Loudoun County Sanitation Authority (LCSA) has received a AAA rating from Fitch, a AA+ from Standard and Poor’s and an Aa2 from Moody’s rating agencies.

Fitch forecasted a stable outlook for the Authority and cited several key items in their assessment of the rating, including a flexible capital spending plan; strong financial operations; a willingness to raise rates; and a board-adopted fund balance policy to maintain cash reserves at two to three times a three-year average of total expenses.

Standard and Poor’s AA+ rating for LCSA is one step from the AAA. It also forecasted a stable outlook for the Authority, and cited the items above plus, a service area that supports diverse growth in an affluent county; affordable rates, rate autonomy, a recently adopted multiyear rate increase; and conservative management with multiyear planning in their assessment. Standard and Poor’s discussed increasing LCSA’s rating to a AAA, pending evidence of a stabilized growth rate and successful opening and operation of the Broad Run Water Reclamation Facility (BRWRF).

Moody’s Aa2 rating is two steps from the Aaa. Moody’s is the most conservative of the agencies in rating revenue bonds and cited all of the same factors above in rating LCSA. Moody’s will also consider a higher rating for LCSA upon growth stabilization and successful opening and operation of the BRWRF.

<sh>Library System Honored

<bt>Loudoun County Public Library received two awards from the Virginia Public Library Association for systems serving populations of more than 100,000. The Loudoun County Public Library received the highest award for its Young Adult Programming and for its Teen Page.

<sh>County Receives Recognition

<bt>Loudoun County has received national recognition for its 2006 Annual Report with an Award of Excellence from the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO).

In receiving an "Excellent" rating, Loudoun was one of just three counties nationwide in the "under 500,000" population category to receive recognition for a magazine-style annual report.

Produced by the Loudoun County Public Information Office, the 24-page, illustrated report highlights the county's accomplishments during the fiscal year of July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006.

Copies of the report are available at county library branches or by contacting the Public Information Office at 703-777-0113 or by e-mail at pivs@loudoun.gov. The report is also available on the county's Web site at www.loudoun.gov/government/report.htm.